May 5th or Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the massive French army at the Battle of Puebla on its way to Mexico City in 1862. The unlikely victory didn’t last long as the French army prevailed. The French army was sent to collect Mexico’s war debts. In Puebla, Mexico and cities with large Mexican populations, the Mexican holiday is celebrated with parades, mariachi bands, festivals and traditional Mexican food.
Above, a fresh steak gordita ($3.50) made of corn flour tortillas, grilled steak chunks, fresco cheese, beans, lettuce, tomato and a dash of zesty green chile sauce from the Mexican food truck on N. Dale Mabry Highway in Carrollwood, Tampa. Customers say the truck’s Mexican food “is the real deal.” The truck also serves tacos, huaraches, quesadillas and burritos. Mexican and American sodas also are available. Payment is cash only. The truck is open during daytime hours.
Feliz Cinco de Mayo!